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The Comic Book Fools of April – Deadpool Time Travels Into an Old Issue of Spider-Man

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at Joe Kelly and Pete Woods’ classic issue of Deadpool (#11 of the first series) where Deadpool travels through time…right into an old Lee/Romita issue of Amazing Spider-Man!

The issue involves Deadpool and his companion, a old blind woman named (appropriately enough) Blind Al, who get stuck in the past. The “past” they get stuck in, specifically, is Amazing Spider-Man #47!

Once in the past, Blind Al pretends to be Aunt May while Deadpool uses a hologram projector to make him appear as Peter Parker.

They then interact with characters from Amazing #47, including the villain of that issue, Kraven the Hunter.

They are trying to find Deadpool’s scientist friend, Weasel, whose younger self can theoretically help them get back to the present.

All throughout the issue, Joe Kelly pokes fun at the dialogue and plot of the old issue of Spider-Man.

Check out a couple of pages from the original (from 1966)…

Then see those old pages through a new light (from 1997)…

Pretty funny stuff, huh?

Deadpool even subs for Spidey in the fight with Kraven…

Kelly did a wonderful job mixing the old issue with the new one, and heck, just the IDEA itself is brilliant. Woods does a nice job making his art not stand out too much from Romita’s.

This very funny issue is available in Deadpool Classic Volume 3.

[NOTE: I featured this issue in the Year of Cool Comics – BC]


“Uh… Nice head, sir. *OOP*”


This comic was very good, but i do think it tends to be horribly overrated. Making fun of something that was hip during its time but is dated now just seems like way too easy a target. Making fun of a 60s comic for sounding like the 60s? As if in 3 decades the dialogue and tropes of this Deadpool comic won’t be just as easy to mock? Kind of like dedicating an issue NOW to skewering the Liefeld 90s. So while I give it props, I don’t give it as much props as some others do.

To me the really brilliant stuff is the stuff that mocks the current era its in and has the foresight to accurately predict the ways in which the current era will appear dated and embarrassing to future decades. Like the way Kyle Baker Plastic Man or Keith Giffen Ambush Bug both mocked the Dan Didio era of DC comics in a spot-on way during the Dan Didio DC era of comics. Another great example is Alan Moore mocking Frank Miller’s Daredevil in the 80s.

I don’t think that this issue is overrated so much as it’s just not that funny. The best bits are in the sample that Brian provided, as the majority of the humour is captured within the time travel parts. Reading the rest of it, well, the 90s parts are what feel dated, so yeah, I think that the idea is definitely a great one and the execution is solid, but it’s hard to read the parts around the 60s flashbacks. I really liked the first volume of Deadpool that Kelly did, but found that as you continue to read on it gets harder and harder to stomach.

Count me in as one of the folks who find this issue very funny and certainly not overrated. There’s plenty to chuckle about in the pages that are not featured here – the Watcher bookend, the “Alex P. Keaton” soliloquy, the interaction between Deadpool and Harry… “Are you having a seizure? Speak English!” – and not all of it revolves around jabbing at the 60s jargon. The biggest payoff of reading that issue is seeing how much affinity Joe Kelly and Pete Woods had to have had for that era, that issue, in order for it to play as seamlessly as it did.

I dunno. Maybe I like it as much as I do because it reminds me of that episode of Deep Space Nine where the crew go back in time to save Captain Kirk from a bomb that has been disguised as a tribble, or maybe I’m just a sucker for time travel stories with a frame of reference.

I agree, ookerdookers – I think the payoff is definitely Kelly and Woods’ affection for the source material. That said, I also agree with stealthwise that the ’90s sections of the story do feel particularly dated, and that the later issues of Kelly’s were, ehhh, not real great. Too tied up in illfitting cosmic “meaningfulness” that ultimately comes across as a bit overplayed now. I still think, overall, Priest’s run did a better job with the humour of Deadpool.

(The answer to your first question is shaddup.)

I’ve read way more Deadpool comics than is probably sensible, in that I’ve read them all, but this one is still probably my favorite single issue. It’s just so much fun to read through, not just because it’s funny but because Kelly clearly has so much affection for those old comics and the entire medium for that matter, there’s real love in this comic and it shows.

A brilliant work of satire based on one of Stan Lee’s best issues. It’s hilarious how blatantly stoned MJ was the whole time, so seeing Blind Al commenting on that is one of my favorite moments.

That Deadpool comic made me a Joe Kelly and Deadpool fan for life, even if the ‘Pool has transcended from being underappreciated to overexposed. The jokes were awesome, the art spectacular, and it provided great (if tragic) backstory for Weasel.
Side note- I read that story in high school in Pakistan, and that was one of the issues that got my friends into comics. We all took turns reading the heck out of it, with only two questions: 1) ARE THERE MORE COMICS LIKE THESE??? and 2) Who the heck is Alex P. Keaton?

this comic made me howl with laughter back in the day ,they never bettered the Kelly run on deadpool the perfect mix of insanity and seriousness sadly missing nowadays

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